No Use Empty Campaign Now In Bristol and South West England
HOUSING MINISTER EXPLAINS HOW THIS TOOLKIT CAN HELP TO SOLVE THE ‘EMPTY HOMES SCANDAL’
The toolkit is designed to be useful for a wide range of audiences – from property owners, and concerned neighbours, to council officers and local councillors, who have a front-line role in helping and enabling their communities tackle many of the challenges posed by empty properties. It provides advice and information on all the important aspects of returning an empty home into use.
For more information visit: http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/empty-homes-toolkit?page_id=&page=1
KENT NAME CHECKED BY HOUSING MINISTER
Tackling empty homes is one of the Coalition Government’s policy priorities. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) ran an online debate which had the support of the Housing Minister calling for contributions and ideas about how to help bring more private sector homes back into use. A variety of additional topics within the context of the debate were featured on HCA website.
As the number of empty properties in the UK is predicted to top one million this year, ITV’s Tonight programme investigated the reasons behind why so many homes lie unused when this country faces an acute housing shortage. No Use Empty was on hand to help show what is being done in Kent to tackle the problem.
DAVID IRELAND ON WHY EMPTY HOMES ARE IMPORTANT
As the government admits its plans for new houses have stalled because of the recession, there are calls to make better use of the thousands of empty homes around the UK.
David Ireland, from the Empty Homes Agency campaign group, said the way housing associations worked 20 years ago, buying and renovating old properties, could help ease the problem.
As thousands face the repossession of their houses, More4 News discovers new figures show a record number of empty homes, waiting for tenants.
A summer breeze blows a cloud of dust through the Spanish town of Soto del Henares. Drifting along the empty streets and deserted playgrounds the eerie silence is occasionally broken by the slow creaking of an unused swing.
Like the housing market right now, little is moving in Soto del Henares. Boom has turned to bust and the wider Spanish economy is suffering.
Lying south of Madrid, Soto del Henares was designed as a major urbanisation for professionals who could not afford city prices.
But there are few signs of life at Soto del Henares, now dubbed the Spanish ghost town. The population of this town did not disappear, they simply never arrived. More than 13,500 apartments were built on this area of scrubland. But less than 3,000 have been sold. So far the number of people living in Soto del Henares can be counted in the hundreds.